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Late Surge Lifts Ravens

02/08/2002, 4:55pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The Vancouver Ravens used a second half surge of six goals to catapult over the New Jersey Storm 13-8 at the Continental Arena Friday night. The win, Vancouver's second straight improves the Ravens record to 5-6.

The Storm (1-9), losers of their last seven, held the Ravens in check for most of the game. After Ryan O'Connor scored the first of his three goals for Vancouver, New Jersey took a quick 2-1 lead on tallies by Travis Kilgour and Paul Talmo. O'Connor scored the equalizer at 8:36, and Chris Gill netted the first of his three goals at 12:45 to give the Ravens their first lead. Billy LeFeurve scored on a power play at 13:54 to pull New Jersey even at 3-3.

LeFeurve's second goal gave the Storm another lead to open the second quarter, but the Ravens strung together three unanswered goals, by Gill, Peter Morgan and Matt Dwane to go up 6-4 at the half.

The Storm came back to tie it on a pair of third quarter goals by Scott Stewart. After the Ravens Tyson Leise and the storm's Cory Leigh traded goals, the Ravens went on their six goal tear.

The Ravens were led by O'Connor and Morgan, who both recorded 3 goals and 2 assists, while Gill also added 3 goals. For the Storm, LeFeurve and Stewart each scored twice, and added an assist.

Ravens goaltender Dwight Maetche made 38 saves, while the Storm's Matt Roik stopped 44.

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